9 Band DXCC, 5 Band WAZ(183), Challenge 2140+, 160m WAZ(30), VUCC, FOC #1967
The main station is an ICOM 7700 along with an ACOM 1000 amplifier. The back-up station is an IC-756PROII and a 45 year old Henry 2K amplifier. 95% of my operation is on CW, 160 through 10 meters. The primary antenna is a remotely tuned 165' inverted "L" that is used on all bands. My secondary antenna for 20m-10m is a remotely tuned 44' Lazy H (phased dipoles) fed with 450 ohm ladder line. I also use a W9SR rotary coaxial loop and a K9AY double loop for Top Band receiving. All of my wire antennas are protected with Vari-Ten Tensioners. http://www.antennatensioner.com .
I also operate two vintage stations. Station #1 is a restored Johnson Viking Ranger (1954) and a Drake 2B (1961) running about 40 watts. Station #2 is a National NC-183d receiver (1952) and a Meissner Signal Shifter (1948) that runs 5 watts QRP. The vintage stations are set up so that I can switch the antennas and station accessories to either #1 or #2. Sometimes it's fun to regress to my early General license days when we had to actually tune the transmitter and zero beat the other guy.
I was first licensed at the age of 14 as WN3AYT (Novice) in January 1955 in the Pittsburgh, PA area. After college I married my wife Gloria (now married 49 yrs) and in 1972 we moved to North Carolina and I was issued K4JJW (20wpm Extra). Our two children, Stacy and Steve, are grown and we are now retired in Fairfield Harbour, New Bern, NC after a career in the electrical equipment industry.Fairfield Harbour is a boating and recreational community on the Neuse River estuary.
Our home is on a small (0.28 acres) wooded residential lot that is restricted. One of my antennas is a 165' inverted "L" between two tall pines trees at 50'. I feed the "L" at the base of the vertical section with two different remote auto-tuner/couplers and can remotely switch the "L" between either coupler (KW or 100w). It works well, all bands, 160m-10m. There is no room for a radial field, just a DC gnd with 8' ground rods around the tuners and a 165' counterpoise wire under the antenna. Our elevation is only 8' above sea level and 3'above the water table. This probably enhances the antenna's dx performance.
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